It’s been 15 years since Queer Eye for a Straight Guy graced our screens, and the new Netflix reboot, Queer Eye, promises a fresh take for 2018 – particularly when it comes to home makeovers.
In the new series, the Fab Five – Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Karamo and Tan – cruise around Atlanta, Georgia, making over men’s lives from the ground up, and just generally making us swoon.
Bobby Berk is our home renovation guru, and he’s full of fab advice – some of which I’ve stolen and will be incorporating into my life ASAP.
1. Rugs are recommended outdoor accessories
Perhaps I’m not hanging out with enough fancy people, but I don’t see a lot of outdoor rugs.
However, in Queer Eye world, you would think that everyone is placing beautifully patterned statement rugs under their boring, old patio tables. It’s pretty fabulous if you’re into details.
2. Black is the new white
If you remained in doubt about black kitchens, you need not any longer. The Queer Eye team is making everything black, from kitchen cabinets to black grout and bedroom walls.
“Most people think black walls make rooms feel smaller,” Bobby explains in the episode ‘Saving Sasquatch’. “It’s actually the opposite. It adds depth to a room.”
However, before you go “adding depth” to your whole house, it’s crucial to note he was only referring to a single feature wall. So, don’t go overboard.
3. Sometimes, all you need is a new door knob
In almost every Queer Eye home makeover, it’s like a lick of paint and a few switched out taps and door handles can revolutionise a dowdy eighties bathroom into a Pinterest-worthy masterpiece.
The lesson is, if you’re doing a bathroom or kitchen renovation on a budget, door handles are the easiest place to start.
This may seem obvious to even the most amateur decorator, but Bobby explained it better than most.
“When you’re picking out different materials for a room, you always need a contrast to draw the eye around the room. I like doing darker floors and lighter things on top because it draws the eye upwards,” he explains.
In layman’s terms, if you’re redoing a kitchen make your tiles or cabinets dark, and bench tops light. Genius.
5. …But also complement
We always see Bobby seizing upon interesting details in a space – for instance, a single colour in an artwork, or a particular type of wood used in railings or beams – and replicating it throughout the room.
So, if you have an artwork with a vibrant green, use that colour in your cushions and curtains.
6. Personal touches are key
The one thing you will notice throughout the series is that the Fab Five aren’t slaves to a trend. While they are, of course, impeccably stylish, they always make a point – particularly with interiors – to highlight personal touches.
Family photographs, personal artworks – any items of personal significance – are always brought to the forefront.
Originally published as 6 great home styling tips from the Queer Eye reboot by Rebecca Mitchell. Author at realestate.com.au.